(Dahlonega)- The Upper Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual Farmer of the Year Banquet earlier this month at the Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Department Community Center in Dahlonega. A farm family was selected from each of the counties as farm family of the year.
Supervisor Gilbert Barrett was also honored for his 15 years of service to the board. Barrett grew up on a farm outside of Cornelia. It was there he learned the value of hard work, conservation, and the value of a dollar. His agricultural roots and the AG industry taught Barrett that when you take care of the land, it will take care of you.
Barrett says the best environmental stewards that he knows are indeed farmers.
Barrett runs a grandparent-seed stock poultry operation and maintains a commercial cow/calf operation along with a small purebred Simmental herd. He also grows hay and other feeds to sustain the livestock.
He also serves as President/CEO of the White County Farmers Exchange.